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The main waiting room during World War II.

No building reveals more about modern Washington, D.C. than Union Station. Over the past century, its history has both reflected and shaped key elements of life in the capital, including transportation, urban planning, architecture, politics and government, economics, and social patterns. The terminal's central place in the city appears most clearly in the stories of those of those who encountered it -- designers, builders, neighbors, workers, and travelers. Learn more about that history through the following words and pictures.

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